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UNT Health Science Center and The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Collaborate on New Institute for Cancer and Blood Disorders
Date:2/18/2008

Collaboration combines cutting-edge research with renowned clinics to care for North Texas cancer patients close to home

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of North Texas Health Science Center [http://hsc.unt.edu], and The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders [http://www.texascancercare.com/] announce their formation of the Institute for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The new Institute's goal is to eliminate cancer through excellence in research, prevention, patient care, education and service to cancer patients and families in both urban and rural Texas.

The new Institute for Cancer and Blood Disorders is a unique academic-community collaboration of more than 50 researchers and clinicians that creates a truly integrated cancer center in North Texas. Patients at The Center's existing seven Metroplex locations will continue to receive all-encompassing cancer care, including medical oncology, radiation oncology, CyberKnife, hematology, social services, laboratory, radiology, a host of integrative medicine options and clinical trials. The Health Science Center will supplement this cancer care with advanced laboratory research, nationally recognized physician training and public health education.

The two organizations have a long history of working together to train medical students. The new institute will address the growing shortage of oncologists by providing more community-based fellowships for oncology education and offering additional oncology training for primary care physicians. It also offers a united organization for pursuing research funding.

"We have been doing laboratory research on cancer for decades, and The Center has been doing clinical trials for more than 10 years," Dr. Scott Ransom, Health Science Center president, said. "Now together our organizations can translate bench
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